March 17, 2009

Dining Room Revealed!

I thought I'd never get pictures of my dining room posted! I had jury duty ALL last week....can't believe I got picked, knew all the attorneys, knew the judge, been a legal secretary 20+ years, but I still got picked!

Enough of that...

I don't know if it's my monitor or what but I finally got some pictures that didn't look either (1) washed out or (2) too yellow-ish). The dining room is awash in soothing neutrals but for whatever reason, it doesn't translate too well in these pictures.

I painted the lower half of the wall, under the chair rail, Pearl White. Bought the pre-made picture molding at Lowe's cause I just didn't have enough confidence (not to mention time) to try and attempt to make them myself, so I guess you could say I cheated a little! The color above the chair rail is Antique White. There's just enough contrast between the two to see a little difference.

I had two mahogany ledges I got at Ross that I was going to put on the wall adjacent to my sideboard but when hubby saw what I wanted to do, he said he'd hit his head and knock stuff off them if I put them on that wall, plus I really don't think I had enough room. The ledges are 36" long and the wall I wanted to use really could not have worked with two ledges that long....so, next to the sideboard they went. Previously I had a couple of sconces on either side of my mirror and since they went so well with my furniture, I hung them under the ledges and put a little cup and saucer on them. Use what you got, right?

Okay, now, without further ado, here's the dining room! I have not put up drapes yet, just a roman shade. There are two chairs waiting for slipcovers, and we are installing crown molding, but other than that, I think I'm done. I just go in there and sit and look around, I'm so pleased with it. When my daughter came by the other day, she said she could not believe I had painted a room "white"! She knows how I love color, and maybe it's my "old age" but I have been gravitating toward more calming colors lately.










I'm still loving these Ballard slipcovers and seagrass rug we ordered last year



A closer look at the picture molding











I love how delicate this cup looks




























With the exception of a few pieces of cremeware, all other pieces came from flea markets or Goodwill! The most expensive piece in here is the tureen you see on the dining room table, and I paid $40 for it.....more than I normally would consider but I believe it really sets the tone and is such a statement piece.


I have had some great suggestions on drapes, the best one coming from Joni at Cote de Texas, who suggested I use creme colored silk, 2-3 times the width of the window, heavily lined. However, I have not found anything like that thus far, and I really do not want to have them custom made. If any of you know where I might find some really pretty, ready-made drapes for this room, please let me know.

I think the laundry room is next on my list to get a little face-lift! Stay tuned.....

59 comments:

Jillian, Inc said...

Everything looks so pretty. Love it all!

Vee said...

Judy, it looks marvelous! You did a wonderful job creating a new look for your lovely dining room.

Christina said...

just a lovely redo. Love all of the luscious white and I also love the slipcovers and sea grass.

Amber B. said...

It looks gorgeous! I was just in Bed Bath and Beyond tonight and they had raw silk panels (lined) for 30 dollars a panel. Originally 50 and were 40% off. They had a beautiful cream color. They are the "Empire" panels.

Lou Cinda said...

This is just Stunning! I love it! I like color too, but like you, I am lovin this white. So sooothing and the creamware just looks so pure and fresh! This is beautiful! Great job!

Lou Cinda :)

tardevil said...

Ok, I officially declare you one of the Dishaholics! Everything looks nice.

Tootsie said...

if those are cream color dishes and not white, I will need your address and a time of day that you are not home...lol just kidding. I love cream dishes....and you have some wonderful pieces....it all looks fantastic! good work! who says a white wall can't be great? (I don't have any...but you never know)
have a great week!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, it's really lovely, Judy!! Great job. :-)

Tennille said...

This looks beautiful- it's magazine worthy!! So elegant!!

LMH said...

When I saw Ross mentioned in your post- plus your amazing use of symmetry- I knew I had found a kindred spirit.

It is beautiful

I can be found at
www.whitespraypaint.blogspot.com

Laura

Kristi said...

Just beautiful, Judy. The symmetry is great, and I love all the accents. That is what my home lacks... accents. Sigh...

Robyn said...

Absolutely beautiful... check JCPenny's for curtains. I am anxiously awaiting my cream silk 108" panels. I also don't want to get custom either. take a quick look at my blog if you have time.

Valerie said...

This looks great..Looks so southern!! You should be proud!

Jen r. said...

It looks so clean and bright ! Love it! Jen

Shelia said...

Hi Judy! Oh, I love how your dining room turned out! It's beautiful! Love those dark shelves with all your creamware! Just stunning!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

An Accomplished Woman said...

Judy, I could look at your dining room all day. I bet you could too!!! What a nice job you did!

Cynthia

Gigi said...

Your dining room is dreamy. I was surprised when I saw your tureen- I have the exact same one! Don't be mad when I tell you I found it recently in perfect condition at Goodwill for $7.99. Who are the people who give away these lovely things?? It is definitely a statement piece, I agree.

PAT said...

Hi Judy

Your dining room came out beautifully! Great job!

Martha said...

Wow!

I LOVE it!

Like you, I tend to like a little color, but I'm starting to want to change to a more neutral decor....I LOVE what you've done here!

Martha

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful, Judy! Looks gorgeous & I know you love the lighter feel...just like I do in mine too. You did a great job with it, girlfriend. And that tureen is a great centerpiece. I might just have to steal that when I come to see you one day. :)

Mrs. G said...

Really beautiful Judy. Love the slipcovers and symmetry of your lovely room.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Judy, Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! Love the creamware and the shelves on each side of the buffet! It is all beautiful! You outdid yourself! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Nancy said...

EVery thing looks beautiful! You did a wonderful job!!!!

Thena said...

Simply beautiful!!!!

Teresa said...

Very lovely- I've started to gravitate to lighter colors too- I think with age we become more elegant and sophisticated....right =}
Thanks for sharing loved it.

Stacey said...

Judy it's beautiful! I do see the contrast between the paint colors. It looks serene and timeless! Your creamware is gorgeous in there. Just the right amount too. I'm jealous of your slip covers.

Sincerely Yours said...

Judy!!! This is absolutely gorgeous gorgeous! I adore it and all the white with the mahogany is soooo classy yet simple!!! I love the window without any drapery but I could also see wide molding around it with a scrolled top above the window all painted to match your moldings! This looks like it stepped off the pages of Ballard catalogue (which I've been studying all day looking for inspriation!lol) Excellent job! Sincerely, Jeannette

salmagundi said...

It does look so calm and cool!! And it will be so easy to inject some colorful accessories, if and when you feel a need!!! Love it. Sally

Donna Lynn said...

Simply beautiful! Your room is peaceful and I enjoyed your blog so much!
Blessings,
Donna Lynn

Sherri said...

Judy, how beautiful your dining room turned out!

marty39 said...

What a stunning room. I am with you in that all of a sudden I am really liking white. It just looks so fresh and I have always done color too. I love the picture molding and all of your accessories are just beautiful. I just LOVE it. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

I love the whites being shown everywhere now. I am so so glad to have off white walls in my large living room and dining room....
Your room looks fantastic!! I am wanting to do our entry with the picture frame molding...is it expensive?
You did a wonderful job on your room, Judy..

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That just looks fabulous! I love the whites and the textures.
I'll be right over with my covered dish.

Picket said...

It turned out gorgeous girl!!! Love all the creamy whites and that picture frame molding is the best thing since sliced bread...we got our at Lowes and I have now finished the foyer..living room...dining room and kitchen..I love that stuff! it gives such a different feel to any room...you should be proud girl...this is beautiful!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

It looks soooo fantastic! I love everything about it! I'm really loving the picture molding on the bottom - and the color you used above it. The white dishes look so pretty. I want that tureen! It has a marvelous shape. You guys did a gorgeous job. I'd go and sit and stare at it all day if I'd done it!

Manuela

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Judy,
I'm new to your site and I must say I am lovin' it! Your dining room is spectacular. I love the soft neutral pallette and your dishes. I adore white dishes. I have several sets, some casual, some formal. My mother is preparing to give me a service set for 20 of the classic Johnson Bros. pattern "Ivory". Like your little delicate teacup, they are fluted and delicate. I think I will display them on ledges in my dining room as you have! What great inspiration! I visit again soon.
Warmly,
Alisa

Cathy said...

Y'all did a beautiful job on your dining room! It looks great!

{{Hugs}}

Cathy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty!
Glenda

Miss Janice said...

That is one lovely dining room!

Angie said...

So calm and beautiful! I know you are going to enjoy it!

Cote de Texas said...

Just gorgeous! I love it!
one idea - why not buy the ready made curtains, like from Restoration Hardware, and have someone put in the lining - would be cheaper than custom! just a thought.

mommyofmany said...

Thank you for sharing your dining room project. It's beautiful!

Miss B said...

I love it!!! You did an excellent job!

Michelle said...

I love it all! Great job!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful room!

Susan

Martha said...

Great job -- and I love your white pieces -- after blue and white, I've always loved the white.

Deb said...

Very beautiful! All of the lovely China makes your room so romantic! Deb

susan said...

I love a monochromatic room--so elegant. Penney's has curtain panels that look like silk without the price tag of custom. Also have you ever checked Country Curtains catalog? They are not all "country".

Nancy W said...

Wonderful room! So glad you got to share it with us!

Chandy said...

Great job! Very impressive! I love white plates, too! You have a nice collection...

Happy Monday!

A Hint of Home said...

Your dining room is gorgeous, from the color to the beautiful dishes.

Cathy said...

Hi Judy,
This is my first visit to your site. I love your wall arrangement; it is interesting, without being over done, and it is definitely sophisticated. Very nice room you pulled together, I enjoyed viewing it...Cathy

"Blossom" said...

Judy, this is so lovely. I just admire the white, cremes and the ironstone dishes. This looks so warm and really lets the dishes pop.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You did a great job of created a balanced and very pretty room, and that you did it on a budget makes it all the more appealing.

Linda said...

Wow, really nice, love it all.
Linda Q

Mary said...

Judy,
This looks wonderful! I love it! Cn I ask what brand paint you used? I know you gave the color names, but I missed the brand...

Do you have Home Expo nearby? They are going out of business, and had some very beautiful drapes on sale...
xoxo,
Mary

Joy said...

Beautiful! I love all the white china and the pretty mirror.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you're still looking for panels, but I have silk panels from Z Gallerie in "Oyster" that I really love and I have White silk panels from Restoration Hardware too. RH lets you order the panels in double-width as well as the standard (54"?) width. For the Z Gallerie panels, I just ordered twice as many - you can't tell when they're pushed to the side of the windows, just when drawn together (one day I'll sew them together so it will be even less noticeable, but haven't gotten around to it yet). Beautiful room btw!

Crisi said...

Absolutely beautiful. Elegant, charming, warm, inviting! It's everything I would want in a traditional southern dining room. I'm currently trying to redo my own dining room in a similar fashion. Would love to send you some "in progress" pics and get your opinion/suggestions. This is a great blog!

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